Rolando Rebolledo

Rolando Rebolledo
  • Academic unitInstitute for Biological and Medical Engineering
  • Research AreasTissue Engineering

Dr. Rebolledo is a surgeon at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, specializing in digestive surgery. He studied a doctorate program at the University of Chile, leaning towards liver surgery, liver transplantation, surgical challenges and the study of cancer. Later, he was part of the Abel Tasman Talent interchange program at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, where his interest in the improvement of organs for transplantation would arise.

After his return to Chile, he worked as a digestive surgeon at the Hospital Sótero del Río and as an academic at the IIBM. In it he opened his own line of research, leading a Fondecyt project on the perfusion of organs for transplants in poor conditions, as a mechanism to improve their preservation. His study is focused on the creation of an ex vivo perfusion machine, mainly in cases of liver transplants, and in the development, together with other academics, of substances that allow the oxygenation of an organ without the need for red blood cells.


  • Medical Doctor, Catholic University of Chile.
  • PhD program in Medical Science, University of Chile.
  • Abel Tasman Talent PhD program, University of Groningen.
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Catholic University of Chile.

Research lines

  • Preservation of organs for transplant
  • Ex vivo liver perfusion
  • Ischemia-reperfusion damage

Supervised students and researchers






Collaborating Professors
Sergio Uribe

Sergio Uribe

Associate Professor

Loreto Valenzuela

Loreto Valenzuela

Associate Professor